Anticipation

January 1-3, 2013, Sitka, Seattle and Ft. Lauderdale Dear Friends, I’m starting the adventure around South America sick.  We had Liam with us for Christmas and, like every little kid in a daycare, he brings home an assortment of bugs, nature’s little helper.  Fortunately we shipped most of our baggage to the ship mid-December by FedEx and all I had to pack was odds and … Continue reading Anticipation

Keansburg, A Living Museum “Down the Shore”… But Not Too Far.

When I was a kid I loved to go “Down the Shore.”  Well, when I was really young, not too far down– as far as Keansburg, New Jersey to be exact.  You have probably seen Keansburg.  When movie makers need a rundown kind of seedy Jersey Shore location they pick Keansburg.  One of James Gandolfini’s last movies “Down the Shore” was filmed, in part, there.  … Continue reading Keansburg, A Living Museum “Down the Shore”… But Not Too Far.

Egyptian “Boardwalk” Towns, Sharm and Dahab.

It was not the boardwalk at Keansburg or Wildwood.  On the boardwalks in those Jersey Shore towns you won’t see a sign in the window of a hole in the wall shop that says “special, buy two bottles of Viagra, get one free. Genuine — illegally imported from the States.” Of course it’s called the corniche, and not boardwalk, on Naama Bay at Sharm el … Continue reading Egyptian “Boardwalk” Towns, Sharm and Dahab.

When the Sea Goes Away, Marken and Volendam, Netherlands.

“God made the earth, the Dutch made Holland.” But they didn’t need an environmental impact statement.  During my day long layover in Amsterdam my friend Dave Lam drove up from Brussels and we went to visit two old (you could say former) Dutch fishing villages, Marken and Volendam.  Eighty years ago both towns sat on salt water, the Zuiderzee, a 60 mile long inlet from … Continue reading When the Sea Goes Away, Marken and Volendam, Netherlands.

Doo Wop, Wildwood, New Jersey

When I was a kid summer vacation meant Wildwood, New Jersey on the south Jersey shore, “Oh those days, those Wild wild Wildwood Days. Every day’s a holiday and every night is a Saturday night.”  Occasionally I make trips back through Wildwood.  It really is not on the way to anywhere, being just north of Cape May, land’s end for Jersey.  But on drives between … Continue reading Doo Wop, Wildwood, New Jersey